Technology NewsA special solar-powered vehicle can bring IKEA furniture

A special solar-powered vehicle can bring IKEA furniture

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The furniture store chain has already successfully tested the solution, and now they are expanding the list of affected countries.

The IKEAis no stranger to social responsibility, as the company regularly stands up for human rights and equality, but also takes environmental protection to heart. The latest proof of this is the special electric tricycle with which the Swedes (more precisely, the Swedish-Dutch ones, since the company founded in Sweden) want to solve the home delivery of smaller products has been the Dutch-based parent company for some time manages) – it says Electrek.

On the back of the blue-yellow tricycles painted in the company’s colors, a large box was installed to protect the delivered products from the elements. On both sides of the box, solar panels were fixed, which help to charge the electric motors that assist in the drive.

Solar panels also help to charge IKEA's electric tricycles (Photo: IKEA)
Solar panels also help to charge IKEA’s electric tricycles (Photo: IKEA)

IKEA first tested the solution at a Dutch department store, which went so well that they started introducing electric tricycles to other markets as well.

After evaluating the pilot program, IKEA decided to make this option available in all its countries of operation in order to supplement the home delivery fleet with more sustainable, accessible and cost-effective alternatives.

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Sunrider tricycles are designed to fit most IKEA products in their box, which means roughly 90 percent of the entire range. Helene Davidsson, head of sustainability at Inter IKEA Systems BV, pointed out that the environmental impact of home delivery can be reduced by 98 percent by deploying tricycles supported by solar panels.

The electric tricycle can transport up to 150 kilograms of payload, and its electric motor installed in the front wheel hub can travel approximately 100 kilometers on a single charge. With its help, home delivery can be made easier even in downtown areas that are difficult to access by car, especially van.

We asked IKEA’s representative office in Hungary when the tricycles are expected to appear in our country, and we received the answer that they have no information to share regarding the issue.

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